When it seems as though clutter and mess are threatening to take over it is easy to feel under pressure. Getting organised can avoid the risk of stress and a neat and efficient home can change your life. Read on to discover simple ideas to help you reclaim your home and your sanity.
Climbing the walls
Humble wall space is hugely underused in the modern home yet it offers a wealth of opportunity for storage and space saving solutions. Far from just being somewhere to hang photos and pictures, utilising wall space can really improve the look of any home. Shelving comes in all shapes, colours and sizes and is a great de-cluttering solution.
Whereas bookcases can cast dark shadows and create an imposing impact in a room, wall shelving creates a real feeling of space. If a room is too small for even lightweight wire shelving, metal hooks could be used. New or reclaimed, hooks come in many different forms to suit any style of home. Pin and peg boards are another current trend that would work well to exploit valuable wall space. And if you are something of a shoe fanatic, why not invest in a hanging organiser to maximise space?
A conversation piece
Your house guests may feel they have been transported back to their school days, but using lockers in the home is a great storage idea. They create functional space with a bit of style and personality. Coming in a range of heights and styles, they are accessible and appropriate to any home and any room. Not just for storage, they have their decorative uses too.
Placed in a playroom or a child’s bedroom, lockers are a quick and easy way to tidy up toy strewn floors. Smaller styles could make interesting bedside tables or bathroom cabinets. A lockable unit in the kitchen could be used to keep cleaning products or medicines away from youngsters’ prying hands. However they are used, arranging documents, belongings or any household objects is made much easier by their presence.
Storage chests and trunks are both stylish and practical and they can be placed in almost any room in the house. Choose from beautiful pink toy chests for little girls’ bedrooms or leather upholstered ottomans for bachelor pads. Even practical laundry baskets can become a style feature when a little thought is put into them.
The best thing about storage chests and trunks is that they can often double up as seating meaning you save space whilst gaining somewhere to sit. Less cumbersome and intrusive than occasional chairs, this is a long lasting storage solution. If room in the kitchen is tight, why not consider hollow bench seating? You could store placemats etc. in there and bring them out when needed with no trouble at all.
Hopefully you can see that it is not how much space you have that matters that is important, it is how well you use it. And using it intelligently, as outlined above, can improve how happily and contentedly you live.